Ahead of schedule, the EverQuest II: Chains of Eternity Public Beta is NOW OPEN!
How Do I Get to Beta?
Unlike past betas, there is no Non-Disclosure Agreement to accept, and no separate Beta launcher to run. To access the Chains of Eternity, simply close and reopen your EverQuest II Launcher, click on the Version link in the top left corner (US English for US players), switch the region to "Beta", click Apply, and let the patching begin!
Beta Copy is 1000% better from how it has been handled in past expansion Betas. Instead of typing /beta and hoping that an hour or two from now, your character will miraculously appear on Beta, the /beta command now takes between 10 and 15 SECONDS to copy your character over.
After the jump, a detailed pictoral of how to do these steps, and some useful time-saving info...
Step-by-Step Getting Into Beta
1. If your EverQuest II launcher is running, close and reopen it.
2. Click the Version link in the top left corrner (US English for US players).
Change the Game Version to "Beta" and click "Apply".
If you want, you can wait 12-16 hours for the entire EverQuest II game to be redownloaded...
If that sounds like a bad idea to you, then locate your EverQuest II folder (you can click the "Open Game Directory" button in the Launcher).
REGULAR: Ctrl-click on your music and paks folders, and then Ctrl-drag (Copy not Move) them to the new BetaServer folder. This will shave your patching time down to about 15-20 minutes.
STREAMING: Ctrl-click on your assetcache folder, and then Ctrl-drag (Copy not Move) it to the new BetaServer folder. This will shave your patching time down to about 15-20 minutes.
CAUTION: Do not copy the entire EverQuest II folder into your BetaServer folder. There are a number of UI changes in Chains of Eternity (the devs really do try to keep this to a minimum!) For now, you will want to use the default UI until mod authors of ProfitUI, Drums, Fetish, and so on can update their scripts.
NOTE: You do not need to open the two windows side-by-side as I have done them above. You can just ctrl-drag the two folder(s) into the BetaServer folder all in one window.
You should feel confident clicking "Replace" wherever necessary to overwrite any files which may already be present.
Once the copy is complete, switch back to the Launcher and wait 15-20 minutes for patching to complete. You should then be able to Play!!
NOTE: Another issue people are having with crashes can be fixed by deleting your EverQuest II\Launchpad.libs file.
NOTE: If EQ2 Beta crashes immediately after launching, go to your main EQ2 directory and copy the D3DCompiler_43.dll and D3DX9_43.dll files to your BetaServer folder.
What about Beta Copies?
Beta Copies use a totally rewritten mechanism this year. In short, when you type /beta on your live character, your character is copied over in as little as 5-10 SECONDS. This is something written by Ken "Terrogaunt" Roecks who has been adding some serious kick butt features to EQ2 lately.
If you login to Beta and do not see your copied characters, please go to the Character Select screen, create a new character, and then you should see your copied characters.
There have been a number of changes in how name conflicts are handled. In the past, if you copied the same character over 4 times, you'd have Feldon, Feldonx, Feldonxx, and Feldonxxx. Stay tuned to the Beta forums for further details.
Where are the Beta Forums?
Speaking of the Beta forums, they are located here!
Read through Ahma's Beta Info post too!